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system, but a spokesperson said that he used a gun to enter the school and then went on a terrible rampage. there was a huge service here last night at the catholic church. when i talked to the monsignor this morning, he talked about some interfaith service, but the grief is so huge, and so many people want a way to express it, they did not think they would have a facility large enough, and it is so cold here, they did not want to hold it outside. i saw a sign coming in this morning at the local episcopal church, they will have a service at noon today, and the individual stories that you can imagine are absolutely heartbreaking about the people in the room who had to tell the parent parents that their children were among those who were not coming home. the monsignor told me he expects six funerals this week, and one of the little girls who was killed was going to be an angel on christmas eve. melissa. >> chris jansing, thank you so much. in newtown, and this is a tough reporting, and you have been there on the ground for us, and thank you for that. >> thank you. >> let's go now to
is here to break it down for us from the washington bureau. we will start with kristen. last we heard, kristen welker, the president came out to report that he is modestly optimistic. has the rhetoric changed at all today? >> reporter: it has changed a little bit. the president is still modestly optimistic, but i just spoke with a democratic source who tells me at this hour a deal is looking doubtful. of course, we want to underscore the fact that these negotiations are very fluid so that characterization could change at any moment, but it seems as though the discussions going on behind the scenes right now have yet to bear fruit and right now we do have the focus on the senate. majority leader reid and mitch mcconnell trying to hammer out a deal that would, to some extent extend the bush-era tax cuts for those making $250,000 although we might see that number go up to 400,000, 500,000 if there is some type of a deal. the president has called on a deal to extend unemployment insurance benefits so that is another aspect that they're negotiating, but clearly, these negotiations are diff
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